Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare Wearables’

Infographic: Who’s Using mHealth and Wearable Technologies?

February 15th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

Who's Using mHealth and Wearable Technologies?While wearable fitness trackers (such as Fitbit and Garmin) are becoming more common, they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

Mobile health devices that monitor glucose, blood pressure, ECG, BMI and more are now available, although few use them and many are unaware they exist at all, according to a new infographic by Kantar Health.

The infographic examines demographic information on wearable device users and awareness of devices by individuals with certain chronic conditions.

Despite reimbursement challenges, the healthcare industry is charged up about remote patient monitoring to manage chronic illness: two-thirds of respondents to HIN’s 2015 Telehealth and Telemedicine survey monitor high-risk patients in this fashion. Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: Smart Watches & Healthcare

September 14th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare apps currently account for 4 percent of all apps on the market, according to a new infographic by Watches2U. This percentage is set to explode with the advent of wearable technologies and, in particular, smart watches.

The infographic examines what your watch will be able to monitor by 2020, how your watch could help medical research, the smart watches with some of these functionalities now and the top health and fitness apps.

Smart Watches & Healthcare

Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging PopulationFrom home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana’s nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at home as long as possible. When integrated with telephonic care management, remote monitoring has helped to avert medical emergencies and preventable hospitalizations among individuals with serious medical and functional challenges.

In Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews Humana’s expanded continuum of care aimed at improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction and reducing overall healthcare costs with a more holistic approach.

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Telehealth, Wearables Tighten Provider-Patient Connection

June 16th, 2015 by Patricia Donovan

Remote monitoring of high-risk individuals engages patients in self-care of chronic illness.

It’s become a mantra in healthcare: “Meet patients where they are.”

The emergent field of telehealth helps to make this a reality. Almost two-thirds of respondents to this year’s Telehealth and Telemedicine Survey have a direct connection to patients and health plan members in their homes via remote monitoring—a vital telehealth strategy for management of high-risk, high-cost populations that continues to surge in popularity.

Our fourth comprehensive Telehealth survey captured dozens of data points and trends, including how the use of ‘vintage’ tools like fax machines and land lines for telehealth delivery has given way to wireless and smart phone technologies patients carry on their person 24/7. Wireless telehealth applications jumped 13 percent in two years, respondents tell us, while telemedicine smart phone apps increased by 10 percent.

And let us not forget the wearables: 26 percent of healthcare respondents embrace this category of personal devices that are buckled or strapped onto the individuals whose care they manage and programmed to transmit health and fitness data. We can only speculate how the Apple® Watch, with its three rings that provide a visual snapshot of the wearer’s daily activity, will impact wearables metrics once the device debuts this summer.

High-tech obsessions and gadget-heads aside, telehealth live-streams care to populations needing it most: rural residents requiring specialist diagnostics but perhaps lacking the means or time to travel to the office of an orthopedist or a dermatologist, two specialties that participate in a groundbreaking multi-specialty telehealth collaborative in California.

Though telehealth faces a bandwidth worth of barriers, not the least of which are reimbursement and physician engagement, it’s exciting to visualize what this year’s respondents have in store for populations they serve. If the plans they shared come to fruition, telehealth in 2015 will variously link veterans, the mentally ill, women with high-risk pregnancies, pediatric patients and even employees at work sites to a hub of remote services designed to integrate care and boost population health outcomes.

Stay tuned.

Source: 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine

Telehealth & Telemedicine

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

What Will Drive Healthcare Wearable Use?: Infographic

May 22nd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Given the potential for healthcare wearables to improve outcomes and reduce costs for patients with chronic conditions, healthcare organizations are examining what would motivate consumers to use these devices to track their health, according to a new infographic by iTriage.

The infographic examines why consumers are hesitant to use wearables and what might sway consumers to adopt their use.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population From home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana’s nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at home as long as possible. When integrated with telephonic care management, remote monitoring has helped to avert medical emergencies and preventable hospitalizations among individuals with serious medical and functional challenges.

In Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews Humana’s expanded continuum of care aimed at improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction and reducing overall healthcare costs with a more holistic approach.

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Infographic: Apple® ResearchKit Trends

April 27th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Apple® Research Kit, an open-source framework for developing medical research apps, launched in March.

An infographic by Ultera Digital developed in conjunction with Navel Marketing and Jaguar Labs examines ResearchKit trends, including the first five apps developed, market penetration data for two of these apps, ResearchKit features and limitations and how healthcare organizations can utilize the ResearchKit framework.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Chronic Care ManagementThe desire to improve health outcomes for individuals with serious illness coupled with opportunities to generate additional revenue have prompted healthcare providers to step up chronic care management initiatives. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now reimburses physician practices for select chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries, with more private payors likely to follow suit.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Chronic Care Management captures tools, practices and lessons learned by the healthcare industry related to the management of chronic disease.

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Infographic: Today’s Wired Patient

March 2nd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Americans are ready and willing to leverage health apps and wearable devices to improve their personal health, according to the findings released from the Fifth Annual Makovsky/Kelton “Pulse of Online Health” Survey.

Designed to uncover shifts in consumer behaviors around online healthcare information use, this year’s survey reveals consumer readiness to disclose online personal health data as a path to improve treatment options. Data also cite trust and quality of health information as important factors in consumer selection of online health sources. Highlights from the survey are depicted in an infographic by Makovsky.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient MonitoringRecent market data on telehealth in general and the patient-centered medical home in particular identified home health monitoring as a key care coordination strategy for individuals with complex illnesses as well as a host of vulnerable populations.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient Monitorings delivers a comprehensive set of metrics from more than 100 healthcare organizations on current practices in and ramifications of remote monitoring for care management of chronic illness, the frail elderly and remote populations.

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Infographic: Healthcare Wearable Trends in 2015

February 4th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Some 34 million units of healthcare wearables will ship in 2015, according to a new infographic by Boston Technology Corporation.

The infographic looks at the types of wearables of healthcare, some innovative applications already in existence and challenges of incorporating into the healthcare system.

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care ManagementReal-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).

Those are just two of the trends explored in Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients’ A1C blood glucose levels.

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Infographic: Apple HealthKit Versus Google Fit

October 31st, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

With the release of its’ HealthKit, Apple is now one of the largest digital health platforms in the world, according to TrueVault, a healthcare data storage company. HealthKit and Google’s alternative, Google Fit and Android Wear, mark the beginning of a megatrend in personal health technology.

TrueVault in a new infographic details the features of both platforms.

Apple HealthKit Versus Google Fit

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2015: A Strategic Planning SessionCost, competition, collaboration and consolidation are continuing to define the healthcare industry this year and into 2015 as the health system continues its transformation from a volume-based to a value-based system. Healthcare providers and payors have been re-vamping their strategic plans to take advantage of the new opportunities and tackle the challenges.

During Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2015: A Strategic Planning Session, a 60-minute webinar on November 13, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, Steven Valentine, president, The Camden Group, and Dorothy Moller, consultant, Navigant, will provide a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers and payors in 2015.

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Infographic: Opportunities for Wearables in Preventative Healthcare

October 10th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

An estimated 25.1 percent of U.S. adults use a fitness tracker or smart phone app to track their health, weight or exercise, according to a new study by TechnologyAdvice.

Highlights from the survey are depicted in a new infographic, which also examines the reasons why people don’t use apps or trackers and factors that would drive adoption.

Wearable Technology and Preventative Healthcare

E-Healthcare Systems and Wireless Communications: Current and Future Challenges The goal of E-Healthcare Systems and Wireless Communications: Current and Future Challenges is to explore the developments and current/future challenges in the successful deployment of future e-Healthcare Systems. The book combines the research efforts in different disciplines from pervasive wireless communications, wearable computing, context-awareness, sensor data fusion, artificial intelligence, neural networks, expert systems, databases, security and privacy. E-Healthcare Systems and Wireless Communications: Current and Future Challenges will be a pioneer reference in this field and will resonate sharply with researchers who have been craving a unified reference in the field of e-Healthcare Systems.

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Infographic: Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare?

July 16th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

The market for wearable sensors is increasing dramatically. Devices are being designed to help people manage chronic conditions, recover more quickly from injuries, analyze physical and environmental abnormalities that may lead to more serious health issues and detect unhealthy habits before they cause problems, according to Pathfinders Software.

A new infographic from Pathfinders Software takes a look at the types of wearables available, how they are used, their wireless capability and other details on this technology.

Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare

From home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana’s nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at home as long as possible. When integrated with telephonic care management, remote monitoring has helped to avert medical emergencies and preventable hospitalizations among individuals with serious medical and functional challenges. In Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews Humana’s expanded continuum of care aimed at improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction and reducing overall healthcare costs with a more holistic approach.

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